Alyana Lalani, of Burnaby, British Columbia, is very interested in furthering her knowledge and understanding of science in a field setting. She is committed to environmental stewardship and currently participates as a member of Scouts Canada. Alyana is on advisory councils for numerous youth programs, including YWCA Metro Vancouver and the City of Burnaby’s Youth Voice Committee. Gender equality and youth media literacy are two topics about which Alyana is particularly passionate.
Chloë Urbanowski is from the northern British Columbia town of Terrace, where she is happiest outside or playing sports - whether it is snowboarding, hiking, or doing yoga. She is a caring young woman who enjoys poetry, music, theater, and writing. Chloë also dreams of adventure, from participating in a mountaineering expedition to traveling the world! She dreams of being an airplane pilot, or perhaps a creator of a health food blog. She is excited about spending time in the mountains with a team of other girls.
Haylee Yellowbird, of the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta, resides in a rural First Nations community in central Alberta called Paul First Nation. Haylee is a strong, active, and artistic girl who enjoys sports, beading, poetry, and volunteering. She loves to learn about her culture and also enjoys travelling where she has the opportunity to learn about other cultures. Haylee excels in math and science in school and she hopes to inspire indigenous youth by participating in this program. She aspires to go to university to be a teacher.
Jordanna Young is from Calgary, Alberta. Even though she grew up in the city, Jordanna feels most at home outside and loves exploring - even in her own backyard. Jordanna cares deeply about the environment and has helped her family reduce their impact through eating less meat. She hopes to pursue a medical career as a doctor or nurse and to positively impact other aboriginal youth. Jordanna is looking forward to growing through the challenges of this expedition and connecting with other girls who have similar interests to hers.
Kaya Oro Martin
Kaya Oro Martin is a motivated girl from Victoria, British Columbia who has a strong passion for science. She is curious about field science, and may pursue a career that involves field research. Kaya enjoys sports and outdoor activities as well as all art, which she sees as both a form of communication and a personal sanctuary. She admits that her ‘weakness’ is being too apprehensive to take risks - and applying for this program was one of the ways she is actively working on it!
Leilu Munro is a dancer from Edmonton, AB. Through dance she has learned to express herself in different ways and view things, including problem solving, through the lens of an artist. She loves animals, snowboarding, and hiking near her home. She likes to find quiet moments to think in the woods. Leilu is excited to build her confidence on this expedition and help to bring the team together through positivity and making people smile.
Olivia Smith is from Barrie, Ontario. Olivia is a very inquisitive young woman who is passionate about the sciences and academics in general. She is very active in her school, and is a member of her school swim team. She enjoys spending time writing, and she teaches swimming and lifeguards as a job. Olivia wants to become a doctor or pursue another career in health care.
Rosemarie Smith lives on a homestead in south-central British Columbia near Kaslo. She is an athletic girl who enjoys skiing, walking, and team sports of all kinds. She is very excited to get the chance to work with professional scientists and to be on a team of diverse girls from around the country. Rosemarie was home-schooled until grade 9, speaks fluent German (thanks to her mom!) and is highly motivated to continue her learning in new environments. Rosemarie currently volunteers at a hospital and with the local Search and Rescue team, and aspires to be a doctor.
Yumna Sakkar is a curious and highly-driven Syrian girl currently living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has also lived in Aleppo and Saudi Arabia. Yumna is very excited about science and adventure, and she wants to volunteer to teach earth sciences around the world. She strives to build her confidence, and in spite of seeing herself as “shy” she aims to push her social barriers. Yumna has a real sense of the world, of helping people in need, and the value of respecting other ways of living.